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Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.
Agendas from previous meetings are available.
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).
February 8th at the Dutch church, London. A rare chance to hear Falkenhagen's extraordinary 20-minute prelude in all the keys, and other works, played by young virtuoso Vinicius Perez, a talk by Bonnie Blackburn on the earliest known 'lute hero', the 15th century master lutenist, Pietrobono, and mini-recitals by Taro Takeuchi and Massimo Marchese and singer Nadi Caristi. All welcome, no need to book, admission is free, apart from the final recital, tickets for which are available during the day or on the door.
11.30 Mini-recital by Andi Schlegel
12.00 A lute virtuoso of the 15th century: Pietrobono dal Chitarino and his music, a talk Bonnie Blackburn
2.00 Mini-recital by Massimo Marchese and Nadia Caristi performing music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci
2.30 Mini-recital, by Taro Takeuchi, who will talk about his new CD The Blue Bells of Scotland and plays pieces by Straube, Haydn and Mrs. Jordan on original harp-lutes, c. 1800.
3.00 Falkenhagen’s Preludio in all the keys, a talk by Vincius Perez
4.00 Home-made cake, tea and wine
4.30 The Lute Society recital Vinicius Perez plays baroque lute music, including Falkenhagen’s remarkable 20-minute Preludio in all the keys, plus concerti and sonatas with flautist Alexandre Andrade
February 6th, at the Dutch Church
March 21st-22nd, SOCIETE FRANCAISE DU LUTH, annual meeting, Paris
May 15-16, III Convegno liutistico nazionale, Milano, Conservatorio “G. Verdi” (lectures and concerts, free entry) supported by Società del Liuto.
June 20, Nederlands Luitvereiniging day, Edegem, near Antwerp
September 15–19 Basel Lute Days, Switserland, including Lute in higher education conference, DLG Festival, IMF tablature meeting